Administration replaces damaged ceiling pipes

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Christine Tamir

The water-damaged ceiling pipes in several downstairs science classrooms were replaced over spring break.

Spring break has given students and the building itself a fresh start. The first floor classrooms in the science hallway that were previously affected by moldy ceiling tiles have had the water-damaged ceiling pipes replaced during spring break.

The ceiling pipes were damaged during the flood-esque rains during the beginning of the school year, and the water saturated ceiling tiles above science classrooms. The administration informed teachers of the pipe repairs at a faculty meeting before the vacation, according to physics teacher David Tyndall.

“Students told me that they had reactions to what they claimed was mold after they entered the classroom,” Tyndall said.

Tyndall took steps to prevent mold, such as buying an air purifier to prevent, or lessen, the effects of any reactions students may have to the mold. The repaired pipes will eliminate the need for the air purifier.

“I haven’t noticed a difference, but it hasn’t been that long since spring break, and I haven’t time but I am very happy that they addressed the problem,” Tyndall said.

The administration has done a lot of work with the classrooms in the affected science hallways in the past such as replacing water-logged ceiling tiles and using special paint to prevent the spread of mold in a history classroom.

“The administration did a great job of trying their best to prevent the spread of toxic molds,” senior Diego Cornejo said.

Despite the measures taken to prevent any reactions, students haven’t been able to see the benefits quite yet.

“It’s very unfortunate, but it hasn’t affected anybody that I know of,” sophomore Elisha Musih said.

Given time, the benefits of the repaired pipes will provide a stark contrast to the environments of previously affected classrooms.

“I hope that my students benefit from it [and] that I benefit from it too,” Tyndall said.